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What is the purpose of HIV antibody testing?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2683117     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Considerable attention, both in the scientific literature and in the popular media, has focused recently on the accuracy of tests for HIV antibodies. Many have pointed to the dangers of falsely identifying persons as being infected, and they have stressed that the predictive power of a positive test result may be small in populations with a low prevalence of HIV infection. The purpose of this paper is to argue that the current testing/counseling protocols, which are designed to increase specificity at the expense of sensitivity, are inappropriate in high-prevalence groups.
J Trussell
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social biology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0037-766X     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Biol     Publication Date:    1989 Spring-Summer
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-12-12     Completed Date:  1989-12-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0205621     Medline TA:  Soc Biol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  102-9     Citation Subset:  IM; X    
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MeSH Terms
AIDS Serodiagnosis / standards*
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  prevention & control
Mass Screening / standards*
Predictive Value of Tests
Sensitivity and Specificity

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